How to Dispose of Linoleum

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Toss old linoleum in the trash when renovating your old floors.
Toss old linoleum in the trash when renovating your old floors. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Linoleum is a common flooring material that is made from all natural materials: linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, cork, limestone, pigments and jute. It is flexible, resilient and relatively inexpensive. Linoleum has a long life, up to 40 years, and is considered environmentally friendly because the energy required to destroy it is equal to the energy required to create. As a biodegradable and non-toxic material, linoleum requires no special precautions for disposal. Commercial landfills accept old linoleum, as do municipal sanitation departments. You can also recycle your old linoleum by composting it for your garden or by carrying it to a waste-to-energy incinerator if there is one near you.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissor or utility knife
  • Trash bags

Pull the linoleum from the sub-floor by hand and cut into manageable pieces with scissors or a utility knife.

Stuff the linoleum into trash bags and close the trash bags.

Carry the trash bags to a commercial dump, set them out with the regular trash or take them to a recycling facility. Carry the bags to your garden if you plan to use the linoleum for composting.

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